Ely, Minnesota will be our Saturday, August 19 checkpoint. All participants are required to camp with only what they carried on their bikes. No motels! So pack wisely! Ely is truly at the end of the road. On the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, it is a true wilderness town. Take some time to explore its great selection of unique shops and places to eat. While there, start scheming about your next canoe trip!
We are lucky to have a great place to camp while in Ely (Semer’s Park Beach.) Only blocks from downtown, it offers a perfect mix of shops close at hand and yet far enough away from the hum of Summer tourists. This simple municipal park is one of my favorite places in the world. Part Prairie Home Companion, part Ely. Perfect for our needs on The Heck Epic. And Shagawa Lake is a great place to take a swim post ride!